I know, I know. I skipped out last week. Again. But this is graduation time, and mother's and father's days, along with the pre-wedding parties for my cousin's wedding (do I have enough excuses?) Anyway, I'm making up for it this week with this week's as well as last week's colours:
Just one of six rocks I bought at a gem show last year.
Another rock, this one making up the gravel of our driveway.
Whew, what a busy weekend! On Thursday, I met up with some of my former classmates and professors from grad school. I should mention, this was after I'd spent a couple of hours with two of my friends who just graduated with bachelors degrees, and after going to work for a bit. Friday, I did the usual lunch with Grandma and Mom thing, and afterwards I worked a little. Saturday was graduation, so that was pretty much a day-long affair. Sunday was Mother's Day, and also a graduation party for one of the graduates. Suddenly, I see that it's Monday. In just under two weeks I'll have a bridal shower to attend for my cousin, and I just received the wedding invitation today. So much stuff going on that I feel the need to stop and catch my breath just typing!
In other news, I've been taking this "sabbatical" time to catch up on books, movies, etc. that I didn't have the time for during school. I just recently finished Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, then turned around and polished off Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's in less than 24 hours. Now I'm reading The Silence of the Lambs--I'm half done with it, and trying to decide what to check out next.
Well, I must sign off for now, as I'm preparing to fix a waffle and a veggie sausage patty for supper. I know, I'm odd eating breakfast foods of an evening, but heck, that's what sounded good.
Sorry, I just had to make a bad Silence of the Lambs joke, since I'm currently reading the novel. Anyway, I stepped outside today in this lovely slightly-overcast photography day, and here's what I found:
A new flower Mom bought recently. Sometime when it stops raining long enough to work outside, this will be potted with some other flowers and will live on our porch.
These are some buds from our cherry bushes. The little green things are cherries that aren't ripe yet.
I certainly hope this is cerise, because, not being familiar with these fancy schmancy terms, I just took my best guess!
Okay, so we didn't really celebrate Cinco de Mayo so much, but we had some quasi-Mexican food last night. It was a fun change of pace, and helped use up some extra canned goods from our pantry.
From the left: my version of the corn in a cup purchased from a street vendor in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico; my take on the burrito; nachos and cheese. I'd like to post the corn recipe on Nana's Kitchen, but it's one of those "to taste" kind of things. Roughly, you would drain some canned corn or, if you're lucky enough to have fresh, cut the kernals off the boiled ear, add mayo (I prefer Miracle Whip), hot sauce to taste, and sometimes I add some Monterrey Jack cheese; heat (I just stick it in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute) and top with parmesan cheese.
The burrito is made with whole wheat flour and brown sugar for an interesting flavor combination. I added some vegetarian refried beans, a bit of cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese and nothing else.
The nachos are pretty much self-explanatory. I didn't make the cheese sauce--it came from a can.
Once again, apologies for the lateness of my post. At least I'm a day earlier this week! Here are a couple of crafty shots of projects I'm working on.
This is some embroidery floss I have separated out on a card for a large counted cross stitch project I'm working on. I bought the kit for $3 at a church rummage sale. Didn't stop to consider what an overwhelming project it might become! I'm guessing this particular kit would probably cost at least $20 retail, so I got a really good deal on it, even if it does take me a while to use all those colors!
And speaking of taking a while, these blocks are granny squares for an afghan that I started literally years ago. I was probably in community college at the time so... I could have started it seven years ago? Anyway, I didn't use a pattern, but I decided to make a granny square of each of these rainbow colors and then crochet them together with brown yarn to make an afghan. If I ever get the thing finished, I'm planning to donate it to a charity.